Letters to the Editor — November, 2011
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Letters to the Editor — November, 2011

By THE IRRAWADDY Thursday, November 17, 2011

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And woe to the Arakans today—the Rohingya are claiming their land as theirs.

Even Bangladesh, their native land, is refusing to accept them. Of course, Burma has no reason to do so, since day one, as they are not native to the country. The international community should take this case seriously now, before it is too late. As long as the Rohingya claim to be native to Burma, then they will have problems now and in the future, as it is not true. Even if the central governing body in Burma, whoever it is, agrees to host the Rohingya and let them stay in Arakan State, then the Arakans will make war on the governing body, and rightly so, in all senses. Take care people, before you do anything in this regard, for both short and long term consequences.

The Rohingya should be in Bangladesh, rather than in Burma, in line with their religion. Most importantly is the fact that they don't belong to any part of Arakan State, the land Arakans have been calling home, since a millennium ago.

George Than Setkyar Heine

No to Gambari

Regarding the article, “Gambari Had ‘Good Discussion’ in Burma: Ban” [February 11, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15090]:

UN should not believe the reports of Mr. Gambari's trip to Myanmar [Burma]. We do not trust Mr Gambari; he is not suitable to be a special envoy of the UN for Myanmar. The UN should dismiss Mr. Gambari as soon as possible. No need to come back Mr Gambari.


Danish ‘No’ to Sanctions is Right

Regarding the article, “Danish Minster Slams Burma Boycott, Sanctions” [August 11, 2008; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=13825]:

I totally agree with her. The sanctions have been hurting the government and their cronies, but hurting the people even much more. Twenty years of such efforts have only made the people worse off and pushed Burma more toward China and some rouge countries. Even if people could overthrow the government now, the country's future is unthinkable. How can we have a government of the people, by the people, for the people, when the people are weak? The government is certainly not making people any stronger. Only with engagement from the international community at least economically, people will have hope to get out of the poverty and strengthen themselves. Otherwise, the situation will just call for another coup and the vicious cycle will never end. So, go Ulla!


Karen Betrayal

Regarding the article, “Htain Maung Agrees to Border Deal with Junta” [February 11, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15094]:

So long as the Karen and other ethnic groups in Burma are betraying their own people, the military regime will enjoy their life.

M. Haji

Junta Not Responsible for Rohingya Woes

Regarding the article, “Troop Movements Reported Along Bangladesh-Burma Border” [February 11, 2009; http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15096]:

I partly recommend the words of Ye Myint Aung, whether he is government staff or not, that many people mistakenly think that the Rohingya are a kind of Burmese. It is totally a mistake. Actually they are from Bangladesh. They illegally sneak into Burma from Bangladesh. Most of them cannot speak, write or read Burmese language. They are not Burmese nor do not have the right to be Burmese. The reason is most people see the junta as a bad government and they want to blame any bad thing on the regime baselessly.

Khine Mar Kyaw

Dramatic Changes Ahead

Regarding “Burma and Obama” [January 30, 2009;
URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15008]:

This is a very good story. I really appreciated it. I’m looking forward to reading this kind of realistic and knowledgeable issue again and see the dramatic change in Myanmar [Burma].

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